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Life and Work with Michele LoBosco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele LoBosco.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It’s been a bit of a winding path. Photography was actually my second career. I picked up a camera a few years before I moved to Los Angeles from NYC, and fell in love with it. Learning to use a camera and the whole process of photography spoke to my soul on a few levels. Obviously, there’s the opportunity for creative expression that photography provides, but I also got completely hooked on the inherent challenge of it. I’ve never been great at sticking with one thing when that thing has an end to it. There are some careers that at a certain point, you’re as good as you’re going to get. You’ve learned all that you can learn, and you’ve nailed it down. That is not the case at all with photography. Not only is figuring out how to work a camera a challenge in and of itself, but there are also myriad aspects to the photography process that always allow for further experimentation, further development, and further challenge. Your photography can always be elevated and become more evocative, more stylistically refined, more honed into the storytelling process. I see photography as a never-ending path that allows us photographers to express and create, as well as learn and grow as humans.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The photography industry is a pretty competitive one. There are so many amazingly talented people putting their work out and it can sometimes be quite tough on one’s ego, plus it can be a bit of a challenge to keep working on your craft, cultivating relationships, balancing paid work as well as your own personal projects and keeping up with social media. Sometimes, I think it’s just a matter of showing up the best you can. Keep shooting, keep refining your aesthetic, be kind and share what you know, and do the best work you’re capable of doing.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
The work I do falls into two broad categories: fashion and portraiture. Most of the portraiture I do nowadays fall into the category of personal branding work, which involves photographing entrepreneurs, but I also do headshots, as well as other types of portrait work. Additionally, a large part of the work I do is fashion based. I work with a variety of clothing brands, photographing their lookbook, e-commerce or advertising projects.

I think the thing that most sets me apart is the emotional fertility of the shots I take. As artists, we all cultivate those particular aspects of our craft that are most exciting to us. We hone our focus on the parts of our profession that speak to us on a deep level. At a certain point in the trajectory of my career, I began to identify what was important to me, and what I wanted to highlight in my work, and to more deeply understand what I wanted my work to stand for. And for me, it was to create imagery that has a certain emotional wildness. I began to realize it wasn’t about capturing perfection, it was about capturing those moments that are in between other moments. Those super interesting moments of spontaneity, of humor, of connection, of irreverence, of surprise. I love that grittiness, that rawness of an actual moment. And I think to do this, it’s important to create a safe environment, and try to playfully collaborate moment by moment with the folks I photograph. I also think it’s important for my subjects to see me (sometimes I’m super awkward or nervous, sometimes I’m a goofball, etc.) and if I allow them to see me– as vulnerable as it may feel– it relaxes them and allows them to drop their guard, their mask, their persona and let the camera truly see them. I think photos that capture people in real moments are riveting, and intimate, and provocative, and interesting. That’s what I’m always striving for.

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Image Credit:
Sabrina Hill (for the picture of me)

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